Samsung Wave Y Review
Call quality with the Samsung Wave Y is pretty decent in the earpiece, with clear-sounding voices, which could use a bit more volume. The other side could hear us well, too, but, of course, the phone is not spoiled with noise-canceling mic, so the ambient sounds made their way into the conversation.
The loudspeaker is not too wimpy, so you’d likely not miss a call from the Wave Y, and the sound from it is not overly flat when listening to music, or when redirecting a call through the speaker.
The battery behaved very well on standby, and the 6 hours and 40 minutes of talk time Samsung quotes out of the 1200mAh unit is about the category average.
The Samsung Wave Y is a pleasant handset all-around, with no major flaws to really pick at. It sports a comfortable and sturdy design, made handsome by the faux brushed aluminum back, and has a bright display with above average for the category pixel density.
When we add the decent pictures and call quality, about the only complaint left is that it is running bada, instead of Android, but for the phone’s target market that shouldn’t be such an issue, as most of the social networking and communication apps that will be used daily are covered, with a few games thrown in for a good measure.
Its most formidable competitor is its own price - we find it way above $150. That is the territory of its Galaxy Y competitor, which, albeit with worse display and design materials, has the backing of the Google Play Store behind it. It is still the early days of the Wave Y’s availability, though, and the Galaxy Y has been around for a while, so the price difference should deepen.
As of now, there are better competitors to the Wave Y in this price range, like the HTC Explorer, which offers better camera, and, of course, Android. If you are a fan of Nokia’s Symbian Belle offerings with the free offline Maps navigation, then you can look at the Nokia 500, which also has a better cam, better screen resolution, and has a way more established app store with north of 60, 000 apps to take advantage of than bada’s own.
Software version of the reviewed unit: bada 2.01111272046
Samsung Wave Y Review:
- Sturdy design with a nice back cover finish
- Zippy, good-looking interface behavior
- Good call quality and loudspeaker
- Video capture is pretty useless
- Embedded YouTube videos don't show in the browser
1. Muhannad posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:22 4 1
Looks are better than the Galaxy Y but the Galaxy Y is better soley because of Android.
2. mercorp posted on 17 Mar 2012, 06:41 0 0
great phone.i will take this over the galaxy y any day.
6. devark posted on 16 Apr 2012, 11:59 0 0
i was checking the same and wave y is better than galaxy y
see the above 5 points win by wave y
7. ruchi posted on 17 Apr 2012, 05:32 5 0
Samsung wave Y is definitely better than galaxy Y but too bad it doesn't have android. Here is the comparison between the two:
8. mvmnrao posted on 05 Jun 2012, 00:50 0 0
I don't know about the galaxy Y much, so I couldn't compare these two.
But after I have gone through few reviews I bought Samsung Wave Y and I am very dissatisfied with this phone.
Apart from the disadvantage that, it doesn’t support more apps because of it bada operating system, I is not working in lots of situations as a simple phone.
I couldn’t answer the phone some time, the green bar get strucked; I had to restart the phone.
The micro speaker gives very bad quality in sound.
The signal goes off suddenly and after some time when I noticed that I am not getting call what I am expecting, then I used to realize that the phone is not taking the signal and I had to restart.
When I select network automatic mode, it can’t switch between GSM and UMTS (3G) properly, instead I goes to emergency calls only mode.
And I am not sure about the reason but I couldn’t open my office web mail in the browser in this phone, may be the browser is not sending a secured request (but I used to check my companies web mail in my last phone and the major reason I went for this smart phone is to access companies web mail which I am not able to do now.)
So like this I have faced issues with this phone, so guys please take a while before you buy this phone.